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>> a terrible tragedy. it's stunning. >> couric: tonight, a u.s. army base under attack. a soldier opens fire at fort hood in texas. at least 12 people, including the gunman, are killed. and 31 are wounded. i'm katie couric. it happened at a medical facility where soldiers are screened before deployment. >> we needed to seek shelter immediately, close and lock our doors and windows.
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at that point, we didn't know that there had been some mass shooting. >> couric: the entire base was locked down, and two additional arrests were made. this tragedy plays out amid growing concern about violence on military bases as america fights two wars. >> it's difficult enough when we lose these brave americans in battles overseas. it is horrifying that they should come under fire at an army base on american soil. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> couric: and good evening, everyone. it is the last place you'd expect american soldiers to come under attack-- their own military base-- but that's what happened today at fort hood in kileen, texas, midway between austin and waco. it is america's largest military base. today, according to the army, an officer opened fire inside a
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soldier readiness center, a facility where military personnel are prosed before and after they're deployed. 12 people were killed, 31 others wounded. the gunman is among the dead. he is identified tonight as army major nadal malik hasan, a licensed psychiatrist and drug and rehab specialist from bethesda, maryland, who recently received a poor performance evaluation. a spokesman for texas matter kay bailey hutchinson says husan was also upset about an upcoming dedeployment to iraq. two other suspects were arrested and the base was put under lockdown. don teague is at the scene in fort hood, and, don, what you can tell us about the gunman? >> reporter: well, katie, he walked into the readiness center about 1:30 this afternoon, armed with two handguns, we're told, and simply opened fire. this major hasan, a psychiatrist you mentioned, he was set to deploy at some point in the future to iraq and was reportedly upset about that. you also mentioned the possible
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negative evaluation. but the military's not saying anything about particular motivation for this attack. they also haven't told us yet about the other two suspects, except to say there are two others in custody, and those are both soldiers as well. meanwhile, this community,icatey, is in shock. the city of kileen, the fort hood post are, tied so closely together. right now, no one seems to know exactly who the victims are. that's very distressing for the thousands of military families. there are 53,000 active duty at at this post. we don't know who the victims are. that means the family members in most cases don't know at this point. that's the hardest part right now tonight, katie. >> couric: all right, don teague. don, thank you very much. and we'll check back with you for an update a little bit later in the broadcast. first let's go to david martin at the pentagon with more information about the shooting. david. >> reporter: katie, on top of the death toll, probably the most disturbing news is that all three suspects were u.s.
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soldiers. president obama was briefed on the tragedy, and he spoke just a short time ago. >> a number of american soldiers have been killed, and even more have been wounded, in a horrific outburst of violence. it's difficult enough when we lose these brave americans in battles overseas. it is horrifying that they should come under fire at an army base on american soil. >> reporter: the attack started around 1:30 this afternoon at an office where soldiers are prosed for deployment to iraq. the gunman walked in and opened fire, using two handguns. >> the shooter was killed. he was a soldier. we since then have apprehended two additional soldiers that are suspects. >> reporter: according to the fort hood commander, the entire base, the largest in the u.s., went into lockdown. >> the installation is locked down, and in many cases, a lot of the facilities, a lot of our
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families, children, are locked in facilities. >> reporter: mothers were separated from their children. >> it's very, very stressful, and we don't know what's going on, and we just want to get to them. >> reporter: terrified military families turned to twitter find out what was ha happening. "locked in my post housing, scared, don't know where the shooters are." "haven't heard warning sirens in about 15 minutes, just waiting to get to my husband." and this: "i thought i was living in one of the safest places ever." many the fort hood's 35,000 soldiers are deployed this iraq but today, the real danger was at home. >> that's my husband texting me right now from iraq, so the guys over there just found out what's going on. we have a lot to deal with, and this is just one more thing. >> it's a terrible tragedy. it's stunning, and as i say, as i've gone around to the hospital here, as i've been at the scene, the soldiers and family members and many of the great civilians that work here are absolutely devastated.
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>> reporter: this is the worst case of soldiers killing their fellow soldiers since the wars on in iraq and afghanistan began. katie. >> couric: david martin at the pentagon. david, thank you very much. as we said, fort hood is the largest u.s. military base, home to more than 53,000 active-duty soldiers, many of whom have served multiple times in iraq and afghanistan. post-traumatic stress disorder is a major concern there, as at any base. earlier, i spoke via skype with carisa pickard, an advocate for soldiers suffering with ptsd. her husband is a soldier based at fort hood carisa pickard joins us from her home at fort hood. you can tell us what was going on while all this was unfolding? >> well, it was a little bit disturbing for those of us here in the military housing community because the tornado-- we have these tornado sirens-- and those started going off and telling us that we needed to seek shelter immediately, close
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and lock our doors and windows, and then they... it also said that we needed to turn off our ventilation system. so that-- that last part had us wondering, you know, what is going on? and at that point, we didn't know that there had been some mass shooting. >> couric: we understand from a spokesman at fort hood, general cohn, that it took place in the building where soldiers are processed before they go off on their deployments? >> well, in fact, it's also the building where, when you come back from a deployment, you actually go through your first-- i guess you would say ptsd screening or your screening to see if you're at risk for that. it's the first place that, when a unit returns en masse, they
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would have to go individually into this building, and that's sort of their first contact with a social worker or a counselor. >> couric: your husband and your children were off-base when this happened. are they okay now? have you talked to them? >> we've been able to talk. the kids are really scared. my husband's scared, you know, because there were a lot of rumors going around. plus, where the shooting occurred is actually really close to our housing development. so it's been tense. and it's also changed our perspective regarding living on post, because we always associated living... you know, living on post with safety. and there has been a marked rise in violence, in suicides, in shootings. this past summer, it was rampant. it just seems as though things are continuing to escalate. >> couric: well, carissa
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picard we really appreciate your talking to us today on this very, very difficult day, and we extend our sympathy to everyone at fort hood. and, again, we so appreciate your time. >> all right, thank you. >> couric: while the magnitude of this tragedy at fort hood is shocking, as we just heard, it's far from the first case of deadly violence in recent years at u.s. military bases, both here and overseas. cbs news chief investigative correspondent armen keteyian has more on that. >> reporter: unsuspecting violence at u.s. military bases around the world has a long, bloody history, with fort hood, fort carson, and camp liberty in iraq scenes to some of the deadliest violence. october 16, 1991: a 35-year-old civilian drives a pickup truck into a fort hood cafeteria and fatally shoots 23 people, wounding 20 more before killing himself. it was the deadliest shooting rampage in american history until the virginia tech
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massacre. july 18, 2009: a 30-year-old soldier from wisconsin is shot and killed by a bullet fired during a party at fort hood. a fellow soldier is charged with the murder. september 8, 2008: a first lieutenant goes looking for missing military equipment at an apartment near fort hood and is shot and killed by a soldier from alabama, who then turns the gun on himself. in fort carson, colorado, 14 soldiers allegedly committed or were charged with murder between 2005 and 2008, and most were from the same brigade. an army study concluding that that brigade, "experienced slightly higher levels of combat than any other brigades." and with 11 of the 14 alleged murderers, there were documented problems with alcohol and drugs, yet less than half got help from the military. and earlier this year, at camp liberty in iraq, an army
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sergeant walked into a combat stress center and opened fire, killing five fellow soldiers. in the days leading up to the attack, that soldier allegedly had been acting erratically and had expressed suicidal thoughts. but a military report later pointed to a lack of guidelines for dealing with soldiers in distress. >> such a tragic loss of life at the hands of our own forces is a cause for great and urgent concern. >> reporter: a history of on- base violence that added yet another tragic chapter in texas today. armen keteyian, cbs news, washington. >> couric: and still ahead tonight, we'll talk to don teague on the scene at fort hood. but up next, opponents of health care reform make a house call to capitol hill. kyle meyerowitz, tell me your story. my problem was occasional irregularity. my commercials didn't convince you? i am definitely a skeptic. actually, my mom convinced me. she saw the commercials, she tried it out... and? and i have activia every morning for breakfast... and, what happened?
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like me. >> reporter: inside a house office building, antiabortion protesters destroyed copies of the bill, which they say would allow for taxpayer-funded abortions, a contention democratic leaders deny. police arrested a dozen protesters. critics of the bill say losses this week by democratic candidates for governor in virginia and new jersey showed that the tide is shifting against the president's agenda, especially on health care. that could make a "yes" vote difficult for the 49 democrats in 28 states who represent districts that voted republican last november. congressman gene taylor of mississippi is one of those democrats. >> i think it's very fair to say that virginia is a bellwether state, and that the democratic leadership ought to be paying attention to what happened in virginia. >> reporter: jonathan allen of politico has been counting the votes. >> i think it's hard to have an exact count but, i mean, there are at least a couple of dozen that are pretty clearly no. >> reporter: the white house
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worried enough about the vote that the president made an unannounced appearance today to tout endorsements by aarp and the ama, the nation's largest organization of doctors. >> we are closer to passing this reform than ever before. >> reporter: even if the house does pass its bill on saturday, there's still a long way to go before the house and senate agree on a final bill, and that means plenty of other opportunities for opponents of health care reform to try to kill it. katie. >> couric: to be continued. chip reid at the white house tonight, thanks, chip. today, the house also passed a bill that extends and expands the housing tax credit due to expire at the end of this month. president obama will sign it tomorrow. the program will now run through april. first-time buyers will continue getting credits of up to $8,000. now, current owners who buy new homes can get up to $6,500. coming up next, sexual predators living in clusters.
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>> couric: police in cleveland today identified a second victim in that mass murder case. 31-year-old telashia fortman, her remains, along with those of 10 other women, was discovered on the property of suspect anthony sowell. investigators resumed the search for more victims at his home today, and across the street, neighbors posted the pictures of missing loved ones. many were shocked a convicted sex offender was living nearby, but oftentimes, where one predator settles, others will
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follow. more now from bill whitaker. >> reporter: it's been almost three weeks since seven-year-old somer thomas was abducted in orange park, florida, her body found in a georgia landfill. authorities are interviewing sex offenders in the community, there are 159 within a five-mile radius of sommer's hometown. >> the biggest fear is your child is going to die or something will happen to them. >> reporter: that number of sex offenders in one florida town are not unusual. there are almost 700,000 registered sex offenders in the u.s., more than 51,000 in florida. 57,000 in texas. more than 117,000 in california. in antioch, california, where kidnap victim jaceee duggard was held in a backyard for 18 years, allegedly by convicted rapist phillip garrido, there are 92 registered sex offenders just in garrido's zip code.
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those numbers have prompted cities and states across the country to pass laws restricting where sex offenders can live. jessica's law here in california prohibits sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a school or a park, places children congregate. similar restrictions in other states are forcing sex offenders to cluster in isolated areas, like this encampment, under a miami freeway. parole officer mauricio lopez monitors 20 high-risk sex offenders in one pasadena, california, neighborhood. neighbors are fearful. >> we've had neighbors now who do not allow their children to ride their bikes or go out of the house at all. >> reporter: authorities have lost track of some 100,000 sex offenders. critics say better tracking, not isolation, is the answer. >> the most dangerous sex offenders are highly mobile, so they will travel. they'll move from community to community. they will seek out op opportunities.
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>> reporter: next year, all states will be required by federal law to closely track all sex offenders and to inform the public who are the most violent. bill whitaker, cbs news, los angeles. >> couric: in other news, the ford motor company introduced a new hybrid today, but it's not a car. it's a seat belt combined with an airbag. crash testing shows how it works. on impact, the belt inflates across the chest. that spreads the force of the crash across five times as much of the body as a conventional belt, reducing the chance of chest, neck, and head injury. ford says 90% of those who tried it found the hybrid belt as comfortable as regular seat belts or even more so. some ford vehicles will come with the belts starting next year. and we'll be right back with an update of our top story, the massacre at fort hood.
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>> couric: updating our top story now. an army psychiatrist due to be deployed to iraq opened fire today at fort hood in kileen, texas. at least 12 people were killed, including the gunman. 31 others have been wounded. don teague is at fort hood. and, don, i understand the two other suspects also soldiers who were arrested near the scene of the crime have now been releas
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released. >> reporter:... initially put out by the military that there were two other suspects in custody, both soldiers. they now say both of those suspects have been released, potentially changing the nature of what happened here today. that will come out at some point in the future. we still don't know the motive, according to military officials, why major hasan did what he did. we are learning more about him. we know before he was assigned here at fort hood, we was at walter reed medical center for the past six years. he received a poor performance evaluation there and that was weighing on him. he was also apparent upset about an upcoming deployment to iraq. of course, we don't know any of the specifics about why he did what he did, but we are learning those details. furthermore, he went to virginia tech, graduated there in '97, through army rotc and has been serving in the military since then, it's our understanding. again, what we know about him now is pretty sketchy, but we're
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hoping to get more. military officials had a news conference scheduled for about half an hour ago. they came out briefly, didn't say anything, and went back to sort of regroup, so we're still waiting to find out where they are in the investigation, but we understand the post is still on lockdown as is much of the community of kileen, although, military officials have indicated they seem to think they've got a handle on this, so we hope to get more information about that very soon. katie. >> couric: and, don, this is so devastating for the people who live at fort hood. when will the names of the victims be released, both the dead and the wounded? >> reporter: well, it takes some time. the military doesn't inform people by telephone, particularly when a relative has died. they do that in person. they have to track down the people to inform them, and then there's some time between when the people know, the relatives, and when those names are released, so we certainly don't expect that tonight. i can tell you that this is very difficult. as a person who has been in the military. i actually trained here at fort hood. despite this being a huge post,
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it's a very close-knit community. everyone feels a sort of common cause here. despite their personal fears about whether or not their loved ones are in involved, they all are in pain about the fact that this happened in a place like this to people who are serving their country. katie. >> couric: and david martin at the pentagon, what do you think the army can learn from this tragedy? >> reporter: katie, there's a cruel irony here that an army psychiatrist who was supposed to be helping other soldiers deal with their problems, clearly had massive problems of his own. and one of the things that the army now has to figure out is were there any signs that major hasan was capable of this? and if there were, was there anything the army could or should have done to prevent this. >> couric: all right. and, obviously, ptsd continues to be a serious problem throughout the military, and, of course, more attention will be paid to it in the aftermath of this shooting. david martin at the pentagon. and we'll continue, of course, to update this story at cbsnews com. in the meantime, that is the cbs
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evening news for tonight. i'm katie couric. thank you for watching. i'll see you back here tomorrow night. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh

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